Voyage along Alaska's Inside Passage on an unforgettable family voyage on board the National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion. Exploring with our team of naturalists, discover hidden inlets by kayak and hike along sparkling salmon streams as you experience the pristine beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. A special hands-on educational program is designed to encourage children's interest in topics as diverse as the feeding behavior of humpback whales and the identification of bear tracks in the wild.
Our approach during this voyage is one of discovery. We take time to stop and explore this beautiful and intriguing land up close, in the company of expert naturalists who have an intimate knowledge of the region. Our small ship has the flexibility to take us ashore to places that few others see. The long days of summer allow for wildlife viewing well into the evening hours. Throughout our voyage, kids' coordinators arrange scavenger hunts and special Zodiac cruises for young explorers.
Traveling aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion, spot black and brown bears and breaching humpback whales with experienced naturalists.
Glide in a Zodiac among a maze of icebergs in Tracy Arm Fjord, and paddle a kayak into pristine fjords and hidden coves.
Learn about the everyday life of Alaska's native tribes.
Participate in special kids' activities, such as scavenger hunts, special hikes and Zodiac excursions, and hands-on lessons with our naturalists.
Itinerary - 8 Days
Day 1 — Seattle/Juneau, Alaska
Fly from Seattle to Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Visit the imposing Mendenhall Glacier. There is time to explore Juneau on your own before we embark the ship in the late afternoon. National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion (D)
Day 2 — Tracy Arm Fjord—Fords Terror Wilderness
Enter Tracy Arm, a spectacular 22-mile-long fjord where waterfalls cascade from towering, glacially carved walls. We maneuver among large icebergs, keeping an eye out for feeding bears on the shoreline and mountain goats on the cliffs above. (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Petersburg
Discover the small town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, founded more than 100 years ago by rugged Norwegian fishermen. A visit to Petersburg provides a glimpse of a true Alaskan town and an opportunity for hiking along forest trails. Later, cruise out to look for whales in the southern part of Frederick Sound, or explore LeConte Bay, a virtual sculpture garden of grounded icebergs. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Exploring Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
These waters often make for great whale watching. Look for Steller sea lions hauled out on the rocky islands that dot the channels. Take a walk with naturalists along a quiet forest trail or kayak in the tiny coves in this area. (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Point Adolphus/Chichagof Island
Look for humpback whales at Point Adolphus, a favored feeding area. Then cruise along the northern coastline of Chichagof Island and find playful sea otters. Keep an eye out for eagles, which are commonplace in the surrounding Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States. (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Spend the day exploring magnificent Glacier Bay, where enormous glaciers flow from the ice fields far above. Watch and hear glaciers calving as tons of ice crash into the sea. Venture near islets that are home to seabirds such as puffins and guillemots, and look for humpback whales and orcas. Walk ashore among towering spruce trees and meadows of wildflowers. (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Exploring Alaska's Islands, Bays, and Fjords
Beachcomb, hike forest trails, explore by kayak, or cruise along Admiralty Island, where the massive brown bear is found, along with perhaps the world's highest density of nesting bald eagles. If conditions permit, explore the coastlines of some remote islands by kayak. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 8 — Sitka/Seattle
After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, a unique town with a strong Russian heritage. Visit St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a striking testament to Alaska's roots prior to the U.S. purchase of the territory from Russia. In the early afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight to Seattle. (B)
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Filmmaker, producer, and scientist Birgit Buhleier played an integral role in the evolution of National Geographic’s Crittercam, a video camera system that has provided fascinating insights into the daily lives of hundreds of species. Through her work with Crittercam, she has sidled up to seals, sea lions and whales; studied the secret lives of great white and tiger sharks; and dived with hawksbill sea turtles. She has personally deployed more than 100 Crittercams on a broad range of animals, including many that are native to Alaska. Birgit has lived and worked in some of the world’s most remote places—from islands in the Pacific to polar camps—but Alaska remains one of her favorites. She brings a unique perspective on the whales, seals, and bears we spot on this journey.